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August 1931

The Matrix of the Mind.

Arch NeurPsych. 1931;26(2):466. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1931.02230080222025

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Abstract

This book was made possible by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to further research in the biologic sciences at the University of Hawaii; it is intended to provide a common background on which to project further studies of human material in the investigation of racial differences. The authors state that other books do not correlate structure and function, and that it is the purpose of this one to make good the deficiencies of the anatomies that disregard function and of the psychologies that neglect structure. Dr. Jones, an anthropologist and former anatomist, discusses the nervous system in the first forty-three chapters, and Dr. Porteus, a clinical psychologist, devotes the last fifteen to a consideration of behavior.

The effort is certainly worth while, but it is to be feared that the authors have not been successful. They attempted too much and did not accomplish half enough. Herrick, for instance, has

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